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4:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri House endorses early voting measures

The Capitol House floor. House members gave first-round approval Wednesday, April 16 to a constitutional amendment and companion bill as part of new early voting legislation.
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The Missouri House has endorsed a pair of early voting measures, though some Democrats contend they could create confusion for a proposed initiative petition that seeks to go further in allowing advanced voting.

House members gave first-round approval Wednesday to a constitutional amendment and companion bill. It would allow early voting for nine days, ending the week before state and federal elections. Polls would be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and four hours on Saturday. There will not be early voting on Sunday.

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3:55 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mo. lawmakers pass changes to workers' comp claims

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Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation replenishing an insolvent state fund for disabled workers and changing the way people get compensation for job-related illnesses.

The bill sent to the governor Thursday marks a compromise among some business groups and attorneys who represent injured workers.

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5:25 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mo. bill lets foster care kids re-enter system

Missouri Statehouse in Jefferson City
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Children leaving Missouri's foster care system after their 18th birthday would be able to return to state custody under a bill sent to Gov. Jay Nixon.

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4:20 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Proposed Mo. bill to have employers check employees' legal status

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The Missouri House has approved legislation requiring employers to use a federal system for checking potential employees' legal resident status.

Missouri already requires public and private employers that receive loans, contracts or grants from the state to participate in a federal work authorization program. The bill would extend the requirement to all Missouri employers.

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10:03 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Mo. House committee hears testimony on state welfare contract

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Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 5:43 am

A Missouri House committee heard testimony Monday on efforts to shift state welfare recipients onto federal disability.

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8:04 am
Fri April 5, 2013

GOP supermajority in Missouri House inches up

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Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:43 am

The Republican supermajority in the Missouri House inched up this week with the election of Republican Mike Moon of Lawrence County to the vacant House District 157 seat from southwestern Missouri.  Moon defeated Democrat and former House Member Charlie "Doc" Dake in what Republican Speaker Tim Jones described as a hotly-contested race.

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8:07 am
Tue March 26, 2013

State budget scheduled for debate today in Mo. House

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The Missouri House will begin debate Tuesday on the 13 bills that make up next year’s state budget.

The three bills that encompass the state’s Medicaid program don’t include Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) proposed expansion, although House Democrats may try to offer amendments to change that.  Budget chairman Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says the state should have more of a say in how Medicaid dollars are handled.

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5:44 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Dept. of Revenue promises it is not sending citizens personal documents to the federal government

State Department of Revenue leaders told a Missouri House committee today that they are NOT sending copies of documents from Missouri citizens to the federal government. 

Director Brian Long and Deputy Director John Mollenkamp say they now require documents from state residents, including conceal-carry endorsements, to be scanned into a computer system as part of an effort to cut down on fraud.  Republican House Member Todd Richardson says, though, he’s still skeptical about the agency’s intentions

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5:11 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Funding draft recommendations released for Missouri colleges and universities

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
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A joint committee of Missouri House and Senate members is considering an overhaul of how the state’s colleges and universities are funded each year.  A first draft of recommendations was released today, and it includes basing 10 percent of an institution’s state funding on performance standards such as graduation rates. 

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9:27 am
Tue December 4, 2012

State House proposal would ban 'Black Friday Eve'

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A proposal in the Missouri House would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day.  It’s one of several bills pre-filed Monday by state legislators ahead of next year’s regular legislative session.  The proposal is sponsored by Democrat Jeff Roorda of Jefferson County.  He says it’s in response to the ongoing push by retailers to open for business on nationally-recognized holidays: “It’s Thanksgiving Day, it’s not Black Friday’s Eve…it’s just silly what these retailers are doing to the families of folks that work for them…(it’s) supposed to be about family an

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12:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rowden gets nod from Republicans in 44th District

A 29-year-old newcomer to politics is the Republican nominee for the newly-drawn 44th State House District. Caleb Rowden got 41 percent of the vote in the 4-way race for the seat, which will represent Columbia’s third ward and most of Northeast Boone County. Rowden says economic development would be one of his main concerns as a legislator.

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5:42 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Newscast for June 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Gov. Nixon signs and cuts budget
  • Bukowsky drops out of District 47 race
  • Two Southern Boone County school leaders resign following scathing letter
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12:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mo. lawmaker Wyatt says he is gay, denounces school bill

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 12:20 pm

Will be updated.

Updated at 11:59 a.m. with information that Wyatt is the only current openly gay Republican state legislator in the nation.

A Republican Missouri House member has announced publicly that he is gay and called upon GOP leaders to end legislation that would limit discussion of sexual orientation in public schools.

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